The United States men’s basketball team saved their best for last, capping an occasionally precarious Olympic tournament with a stress-free 96-66 rout of Serbia to capture yet another gold medal in the final event of the Rio Games.
Perhaps appropriately at the end of a by turns stormy and thrilling fortnight, the 2016 Olympics closed amid driving rain and fireworks with a ceremony that was largely celebratory in tone.
After the overall success in Rio British Olympic officials will have another go at persuading the home nations to enter men’s and women’s football teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Claressa Shields beat distractions, nerves and a top-flight opponent to become the first American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals and cap the US boxing team’s most prolific Olympics in nearly a generation.
The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge further enhanced his claims to be considered the greatest marathon runner of all time as he powered away from a high-class field to win the Olympic title.
A tearful Lynsey Sharp said the decision to overturn rules on testosterone suppression made competing against the women’s Olympic 800m champion, Caster Semenya, and other hyperandrogenic athletes difficult.
In what may yet prove to be her final Olympic appearance Allyson Felix led the US 4x400m relay team home in style to become the most decorated athlete in US track and field history, overcoming their Jamaican rivals with ease in the process.
A tearful Ryan Lochte has said sorry to his US swimming team-mates, his family and the people of Brazil for a “stupid mistake” at a Rio gas station that overshadowed the final week of the Olympic Games.
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, eat your heart out...
Kenya’s top marathon runners are convinced they will be at this year’s Olympics after their government finally passed a law to fund an anti-doping agency with powers to imprison cheats.
It was a puzzling sight. The mighty US women’s soccer team, defending Olympic and World Cup champions, reduced to wasting time in the corner to preserve a 2-2 draw against Colombia, who had never so much as scored against them in five previous meetings.
Senior figures within amateur boxing have warned many bouts, including those to decide medals, could be fixed at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro amid widespread concern about corruption and financial malpractice at the sport’s global governing body, the Guardian can reveal.
Jessica Ennis-Hill wasn’t going to die wondering. As she lined up for the 800m, the final event of the women’s heptathlon, she knew she needed to overturn a 142-point deficit to surpass Nafissatou Thiam, the brilliant young Belgian – nine years her junior – if she was to retain her Olympic title. That equated to 9.47 seconds: the exact difference between their two personal bests.
Jessica Ennis-Hill produced her best shot put performance since London 2012 as the Olympic champion led her first heptathlon of the year after day one, in Ratingen, Germany.
First came the opprobrium and now comes the financial hit.
Greg Rutherford believes he is in the best shape of his career and the Olympic long jump champion is thriving under the pressure of being the bookmakers’ favourite for the Rio Games.
Two hundred metres before the end of Yuliya Stepanova’s 800m heat she heard a tendon in her foot snap. But after all the travails she has suffered since blowing the whistle on doping in Russian athletics she was not about to surrender to a mere injury.
On a night of three golds in the pool for ParalympicsGB Ellie Simmonds stole the show by becoming the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley. After an F42 shot put gold for Aled Davies during the morning session of the athletics Simmonds followed Sascha Kindred’s lead by shattering the world record in the clammy Aquatics Centre. The 21-year-old, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism, won her fifth Paralympic gold with a time of 2min 59.81sec.
When the red mist descended on Jody Cundy in London four years ago, his eruption was volcanic.